Delhi Daredevils sign Ben Rohrer
Delhi Daredevils have signed the New South Wales captain and left-hand batsman Ben Rohrer for this IPL season.
The Daredevils' spokesperson confirmed Rohrer's inclusion, saying he was a replacement for Indian seamer Varun Aaron, who isn't available due to a stress fracture he suffered last year. Rohrer, though, could also compensate for the absence of Jesse Ryder this season. Ryder was at the receiving end of a vicious attack in Christchurch last week.
A capable and versatile middle-order batsman as well as a calm operator, the 32-year-old Rohrer was a stand-out performer for the Melbourne Renegades in the 2012-13 BBL in Australia, compiling 295 runs at an average of 49.16 as his side led the preliminary standings before falling in the semi-finals.
As impressive as Rohrer's runs was the manner in which he made them, combining busy running with strong hitting like Michael Hussey. Those displays earned Rohrer a Twenty20 international debut against the West Indies at the Gabba, where he did not look out of place while hustling to 16.
Rohrer's first-class career for NSW has been sturdy, returning him 1901 runs at 39.60 in 34 matches, including a century on debut for the Blues against Tasmania in 2006.
He has been in and out of the side due to the state's raft of international players for several summers since, but his reliability as a batsman and a character was recognised by his appointment to the state captaincy this summer after Steve O'Keefe resigned his commission.
Rohrer will join his fellow New South Welshman David Warner in Delhi. He tweeted the news of his inclusion in the squad.
With inputs from Nagraj Gollapudi
Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here